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About the Cover KIM AND RYAN BAYLESS STORY BY CATHIE PARSSINEN PHOTOS BY BRANDI NELLIS PHOTOGRAPHY
IGHT BEFORE she met Ryan, Kim had her walls up and her head down, intensely focused on training to get in the best shape of her life under Poliquin PICP trainer Luke Leaman. Luke paired her with Ryan, his roommate and protégé, as a workout partner who was pursuing the same goal. Kim and Ryan trained together on their common objective, spending many hours a day in the gym and cooking meals together on Sundays. Since they were on such a strict regimen at the time, and couldn’t drink or party with friends, they ended up spending a lot of free time together at the pool, talking for hours in rocking chairs, and sometimes even slow dancing to country music. Kim won Ryan over with her gluten-free homemade strawberry pie, and Ryan impressed her with his acoustic guitar covers of Randy Rogers tunes. It took Ryan a couple months to make the big jump out of the friend zone, but once he did, they proved not only to make a good team but also a great couple, soon marrying at an epic party of a wedding at Barton Creek Spa and Resort. Kim and Ryan have a healthy baby girl, a product of Poliquin prenatal supplements (baby genius protocol) and a gluten-free organic diet high in protein and healthy fats. They practice what they preach! Not long after, they realized it was time for Ryan to chase his dream of opening a fitness center, and the vision for Atlas Fit was born. Ryan handles the gym operations with the support of his sister Lauren Bayless and head trainer James Morrison. Kim helps with business development and special events in her spare time.
BACKGROUNDS Ryan was born in West Virginia and moved to Lakeway at the age of 5. He attended LTISD where he played varsity football and graduated from Texas State with a BA in Finance. He worked as a trainer at Gold’s Gym to gain experience with gym operations and was first certified as an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer to re-enforce the basics. He then pursued several certifications and designations through the Poliquin Strength Institute in Rhode Island. Kim was born in Michigan. She received a BFA in Sculpture/ Mixed Media and a minor in Mathematics from St. Mary’s of Notre Dame in Indiana, and then she just kept chasing blue skies…beginning with two terms of service with AmeriCorps New Orleans. She moved to Austin in 2001 where she fell in love with the hill country and Lake Travis and eventually settled in Lakeway. Kim is a physical security and software salesperson, specializing in high security.
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TRANSFORMATIONAL HEALTH & WELLNESS STORY BY AVA LOVE HANNA PHOTOS BY NATALIE CASS, CASS STUDIOS
TLAS•FIT is a premier facility offering a limited number (100 max) of exclusive gym memberships. In addition, we offer customized personal training services to both members and non-members. We’re a place where you can build a successful foundation for your health and wellness while transforming your body to its fullest potential. You will find the facilities, tools, inspiration and support you need to become your best you. ATLAS•FIT offers a workout environment that is second to none. The combination of world-class equipment & accessories; knowledgeable trainers with health and wellness expertise and nutritional awareness; a broad line of supplements; and an exclusive, comfortable, high end facility create an unparalleled experience. We are conveniently located to serve residents in the Lake Travis, Steiner Ranch, West Lake and the western Austin area with our 4,300 square foot facility located at the intersection of RR 620 and Lakeway Blvd in the Texas Service Life and American Bank complex.
OUR PHILOSOPHY The idea that health requires an integration of all aspects of a person and that each one of us is unique, has inspired a set of core principles that direct every single element of Atlas-Fit’s approach. Our philosophy is based on: Personalization, Customization, Education, Implementation and Transformation. One size does not fit all. Everybody is unique and we customize our approach, product and services based on your uniqueness. We evaluate your current body composition utilizing the Poliquin™ BioSignature Modulation assessment program that can be coupled with a structural balance assessment. We analyze your specific results from these assessments and take the time to understand your goals and desired outcomes. We then develop a customized training program exclusively for you. In addition, we offer high quality Poliquin™ Brand supplements and will also make supplement and dietary suggestions to help you maximize your results.
BIOSIGNATURE MODULATION All of our products and services for both members and personal training clients are based off of their individual BioSignature Assessment. BioSignature Modulation was developed over 25 years by Charles Poliquin through comparing thousands of client’s and athlete’s blood work to their individual fat distribution patterns. Through this process correlations between where individuals store their fat and hormonal imbalances manifested and were identified. With BioSignature as one of the tools in our tool belt we are able to test and identify individual fat storage patterns at 12 different sites on our clients body which allows us to take a deeper look inside the body and assess why you are storing body fat disproportionately in certain areas. This allows us to customize workout programs as well as make nutrition and supplement suggestions to help you with your individual needs and goals.
WORLD CLASS EQUIPMENT • Atlantis fitness machines, functional training stations, and power racks • All 4 Power racks are fully accessorized with highly specialized attachments and feature hard wood lifting platforms, band attachment implements at both the top and bottom and multiple pull up bar configurations • Elieko bars and plates—the same equipment used by Olympians • The Dumbbell room includes world renowned London based Watson dumbbells that have been custom made for Atlas-Fit and feature thick as well as regular grip handles with ball bearing inserts to minimize joint stress and maximize results. • Atlantis specialty benches and Elieko and Watson specialty bars. • Free Motion 30 degree incline trainer and bike and a Versa Climber to get you warmed up for your workout. • Amenities also include an espresso coffee bar, filtered water bottle filling station, two private restrooms, two private showers and a Sonos sound system.
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Moms Adrift on a Sea of Freedom STORY BY TARJA PARSSINEN | PHOTOS BY BRANDI NELLIS
F YOU’RE A MOM, this story will give you hope. When you’re changing diapers or washing soccer uniforms or cooking food no one will eat or feeling supremely unappreciated, you’re going to pull this story out of your back pocket and clutch it to your breast and shout, “ONE DAY, THIS WILL BE ME!” And don’t worry about being loud, no one listens to you anyway. Brandi Nellis, Waterways Magazine photographer extraordinaire, escaped for a weekend with 21 of her dearest friends and instantly became the subject of our collective jealousy! What was the glorious reason for this getaway? Told to husbands: a good friend is moving out of state and we want to take her on a cruise to Mexico as her grand farewell! Thought inwardly: I need some alone time, and by ‘alone time’ I mean I’d rather be in close quarters with 3,000 other people than spend one more minute with this circus. Abandoning 22 husbands and 54 children, these moms headed to Galveston, where they departed for the crystal clear waters of who-the-hell-cares-as-longas-nobody-calls-me-Mommy. Brandi and her crew cruised right: they danced the night away, entered BlackJack and slot machine tournaments, did karaoke, stole the show at the comedy club—and I’m going to bet good money that they broke out singing Katy Perry’s “Roar” at least once. If there was one blip on the radar, it was during a beach excursion in Cozumel when the van Brandi’s group was riding in broke down…they were stranded. Their driver made a frantic call from his cell begging the ship to wait for them. SPOILER ALERT: they were not kidnapped by the local cartel and made it back in time for cocktails. And, in what is the most fortuitous end to a mom-cation ever, the fog was so thick when they returned to Galveston that the Captain Regretfully announced that they would not be able to disembark. They were forced to spend another family-free day at sea, imprisoned with friends and surrounded by free everything—drinks, food, movies, you name it. Slow-clap. Standing ovation. Note: there was a dramatic spike in pizza sales that weekend; no children were harmed in the making of this getaway, the same cannot be said of spouses.
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EVERAL DOZEN families gathered together at the Spanish Oaks home of Stephen and Dana Germer for a Tom Sawyer Cajun Barbeque and Crawfish Boil. The occasion was part of a fundraiser for St. Gabriel’s Catholic School. And, yes, even private schools have a gap between expenses and what tuition covers. The magic of this very special seven-acre property is breathtaking. The home sits atop a hill and overlooks acres of rolling lawns that slope gently down to Little Barton Creek. Jason Parrish had organized a skeet shoot, and guests spent much of the afternoon shooting on Cajun crawfish boil the banks of the creek. The party took place on one of those flawless spring days when the enchantment of outdoor living is simply irresistible. Clay Ted King, Shauna Lorenz, Rob Donnelly Fuselier took charge of the grilling, and tables were set on the patio for dining al fresco. On the following pages, Waterways contributing writer Jill Orr offers an exploration
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of some of the latest trends in outdoor living, supplemented by a presentation of vendors who specialize in transforming outdoor spaces. Extending living and play areas outdoors are a great way to increase the property value of a home. It seems that everything one does inside a home has its outdoor equivalent. Lavish outdoor kitchens are often as high tech as the ones inside. Open-air or partially enclosed cabanas are equipped with sophisticated audio and home theater systems that rival the ones found in the family room. One can only imagine what Tom Sawyer would say to all of this!
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Inside Out STORY BY JILL ORR WITH THE HARSH winter officially over, people are looking forward to spending time outdoors again. But gone are the days of a simple patio with Dad’s old Weber grill sitting on a concrete pad. Outdoor spaces are becoming the new frontier in home design, with technology making it possible for these outdoor rooms to be as lush and well-appointed as any inside the walls of your home. Mark Wise, founder of Austin Water Design, estimates that at least 50% of his clients are interested in creating well-designed outdoor spaces. “People are realizing that their backyards don’t have to just be a pool area anymore. They can create a multifunctional space that is usable for things like listening to music, reading, cooking, and entertaining—24 hours a day, not just when it’s light out.” A strong design trend since 2013, homeowners see this as a way to maximize their home’s value and comfort. “When you extend your living space outside, suddenly you have so much more space for living in general,” says Michelle Kodis, author of the book, “Ultimate Backyard.” This could be one reason the outdoor living and landscape sector has
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grown into a $60 billion per year industry, according to IBISWorld, a market research firm. “Investing in outdoor living provides a good return on investment for most people, making it an ideal home improvement project,” says Bob Dallas, the chief executive officer at UltraOutdoors.com. In the South and elsewhere, “We are seeing spaces move from being utilitarian or even simpler spaces into becoming more and more elaborate as they become more like the indoors, “ says H. Don Bowden, an architect, former national president of American Society of Interior Designers and principal of Bowden Architecture in Mobile, AL.
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The kind of outdoor space a homeowner will choose to create depends on how they intend to use the space. In Austin, where the climate allows residents to spend time outside year-round, people are asking their designers to create everything from gourmet kitchens to lounge spaces and everything in between.
OUTDOOR KITCHENS Everyone knows that a well-designed kitchen is one of the most important features in any home, so many designers are capitalizing on this and adding value by creating gourmet outdoor kitchens that rival the one indoors. Choices range from a basic grill to state-of-the-art appliances including sinks, refrigerators, and prep areas. Popular features of the new outdoor kitchen include brick pizza ovens, separate gas grills for meat and vegetables, and in some cases even a special section for creating the quintessential outdoor dessert, S’mores. Masonry cabinets often prove the most weather-resistant, but products made from stainless steel and synthetic materials can also be good choices. Homeowners will want to do their homework and consult with local experts in the field to ensure the materials they choose will stand-up to the environment and function safely and efficiently. Having a full outside kitchen allows homeowners to avoid running back and forth to the house while preparing a meal, which can lead to a more relaxed experience whether you are cooking for friends or just enjoying time with your family.
LIVING ROOMS One of the biggest distinctions between outdoor living of the past and today’s version is how easy it is to outfit your space with comfortable and stylish soft furnishings. According to Elle Décor magazine, outdoor fabrics have
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CLIMATE CONTROL FEATURES Austin’s hot summers and mild winters are perfect for outdoor living, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be times when being outside can’t be made more comfortable with the addition of climate control features. Fans, sun shades, water features, and pools can help keep you cool in the hot summer months. Del Callman of Interiors Austin says sun control is one on the top of many of his clients outdoor living wish list. “Many of our customers start out with a deck or patio but just don’t feel like they can maximize its use because of the Texas heat. When we install motorized roller shades or awnings it cuts the heat sometimes in half.” Callman says that advances in technology have made motorized awnings and roller shades easier to install, more affordable, and compatible with a homeowner’s existing technology like remote access from tablets, phones, etc.
Fountains and plunge pools are also top choices for Austinites seeking refuge from the heat. Outdoor showers and baths, once a feature found only in seaside homes, are gaining in popularity in landlocked areas, says Bowden. “Pretty much anything you would have indoors in a spa residence is being created outdoors.” “The market in Austin is very high tech,” says Wise, “and we are able to respond by offering choices in fully-automated lighting, shade and sun control, audio-visual equipment, fire features and even pool cleaners. It really makes outdoor living much more manageable for the homeowner.” Once you invest in your outdoor space, you’ll want to make sure it is secure. Anthony Bruno of Austin Estate Gate says, “All of my clients have exceptional outdoor living spaces that are enjoyed year round and need to be secure. Piece of mind knowing that your yard and perimeter are secure and free from danger is paramount.” Many homeowners are choosing to add automatic driveway gates, ornamental iron fencing, and high tech access controls, including video, keypads, fobs, and remote radio transmitters that can be controlled and accessed through your smartphone. “The pay-off from investing in an outdoor living space comes in many forms,” Dallas says, “Not only is it good for the value of your home, but it’s a solid investment for creating great recreation and entertainment spaces, and giving your family a relaxing area where they can re-charge their batteries.” Sources: Backyard Trends to Transform Your Outdoor Space: http://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/homeownersadvice1/item/2711120140111-backyard-trends-to-transform-your-outdoor-space From Ho-Hum to wow: 4 Hot Backyard Trends: http://realestate.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=13108301 5 reasons Investing in Outdoor Spaces Pays Off: http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2013/10/09/579351/10051982/ en/5-Reasons-Investing-in-Outdoor-Space-Pays-Off.html
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eviscerated school funding by cutting $5.4 billion in 2011, a move that eventually prompted over 600 school districts across Texas to bring a lawsuit against the state for a current school finance system that they feel is unconstitutional because funding is inadequate to meet state standards and is distributed unfairly. In 2013, Texas ranked 49th out of 50 states for per-pupil spending. This year, after the Legislature added $3.4 billion in 2013, Texas moved up to 46th. Stutz states, “The new figures show, though, that Texas tops only Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Utah in per-pupil funding. It spends about $59,000 less per elementary classroom that the national average, according to the National Education Association, a teacher union that compiles the figures based on information from state education agencies.” State District Judge John Dietz ruled against the state last year, but after the Legislature increased funding in their 2013 session, he agreed to hear additional testimony. In his preliminary ruling, Dietz warned that Texas was spending too little to educate its children and that failure to improve spending could jeopardize the economic position of Texas relative to other states. Texas is a rich state. It ranks as the 14th largest economy in the world by GDP measurements. And 46th out of 50 states in per-pupil spending on public education. Some groups feel that more funding does not make a difference in student performance. However, a Texas Education Agency Haythem Dawlett, Sherri Colca
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Home Design Showcase STORY BY KIM HEINEN DRIVE THROUGH ANY PART OF AUSTIN or its surrounding areas and it doesn’t take long to see a ‘For Sale’ sign in front of a pre-owned home or a new home under construction. According to Austin Board of Realtors (ABOR), over 30,000 homes were sold in the Austin area in 2013, a 19% increase from 2012 and a quantity not seen since 2007. In fact, December of 2013 saw a record low housing inventory in Austin. In addition, the number of permits issued for new homes in the Austin area in 2013 was at its highest since 2008 at almost 9,000. According to ABOR President, Bill Evans, 2014 is expected to be another strong year for Austin real estate, a prediction backed by some pretty strong numbers. Census data released over the past several years has named Austin the fastest-growing large city in America. Austin demographer Ryan Robinson reported at a recent Austin Young Chamber of Commerce meeting that an average of 110 people move to Austin each day. The building boom across Austin is moving forward like a freight train, with no sign of slowing down. We are seeing a migration of people from all over America and beyond. With such a diverse group of people looking to purchase homes in the area, a variety of design styles are converging to make our special city even more exceptional. Buyers from California are bringing their ideas for sleek sophistication while those from the East Coast are infusing more traditional design elements. Buyers native to the Texas area tend toward either a rustic, casual look or the distinctive look of hill country elegance while those from large metropolitan areas prefer more clean-lined, contemporary looks. Add to this melting pot the growing popularity of websites such as Houzz and Pinterest and you have homebuyers pulling design ideas from all regions. The gamut of design styles in the Austin area is representative of the wonderfully unique diversity of our growing population and evolving local culture.
Given the fact that design styles are so varied, the custom housing market in our area has seen quite an uptick. According to the Home Builders Association of Greater Austin, there are almost 120 custom home builders in the Austin area. Purchasing a custom home affords a buyer many opportunities they may not have with a production builder. On the other side of that coin, in order to remain competitive with custom builders, many production builders have changed their business model to offer certain levels of customization. New home buyers are now given the option to modify floor plans and design finishes offered by many production builders have expanded to include more luxurious options. Whether it’s custom or production, small or large, there are several popular design elements that remain constant across all segments and price points: Hard Surface Flooring Natural stone countertops at Kitchens and Baths Decorative wall tile treatments Cabinet details Multiple family areas New home technologies and automation We are fortunate to live in the Austin area for so many reasons: a strong economy, low unemployment and crime rates, a vibrant music scene and amazing restaurants, plenty of outdoor activities, and so much more. Austin has become famous for all it has to offer and people are taking notice. With an average of 110 people moving to Austin each day, the construction boom will only continue, bringing with it unique architecture and design. It’s an exciting time to be in our amazing city!
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WHAT MAKES A HOUSE A HOME? Given the plethora of print and online shelter magazines that are available these days, as well as other online interior design sources (such as www.houzz.com or even Pinterest as way to collect your favorite design inspirations), it seems as though it should be relatively easy to determine what is enticing about a living space, and to apply it to your own home. And yet, somehow, in this age of constantly accessible information, it can be unexpectedly difficult to identify how to make your home truly yours. It is only recently that I’ve been able to crystallize the common thread that runs through the dwellings that are my personal favorites. Whether the space is minimal or more complex and layered in its design, the unequivocal aspect that draws me in is the sense that a space has warmth, that it is lived in, that it reflects the personalities of its inhabitants. How this intangible quality of “personality” is attained in a living space can seem utterly mysterious. One great way to achieve this is by experimenting with art that you display in your home. The word “art” can immediately conjure images of an expensive world that feels out of reach, but with ever growing resources for affordable graphic prints and photographs, the reality is that art is an accessible and also non-permanent way to introduce more of yourself into your home. Some terrific online sources to get you started are included here, but don’t let these options limit your view of what can become part of your “art” collection. Use a favorite page from a calendar or magazine, frame a piece of fabric that you love, display a unique postcard obtained during your travels—the opportunities are endless.
WHERE TO BUY Elizabeth McGuire is an Austin-based writer and photographer whose capture of the words “i love you so much” on the wall of the coffee shop Jo’s on South Congress has garnered quite a bit of attention. McGuire’s photograph is available as a metal print via her Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/ ewmcguirephoto), and is a great way to introduce a larger scale (and locally relevant) piece to your home. McGuire also sells images of other “wordly” graffiti and calls it her Word on the Street series. Minted (www.minted.com) started as a company that sold stationery created by independent designers, but has expanded its offerings to include artwork (which includes customizable pieces). The company has also teamed up with furnishing retailer West Elm, and some Minted designers’ work is available at West Elm stores and online. A nice feature of Minted is that
you can purchase the artwork already framed (from several different frame options). A few of my personal favorites are the dreamy photograph “autumn obscured” by Naomi Ernest, the soothing washes of blue in “out to sea” by Carolyn MacLaren, and the textured pattern of “abstract herringbone” by Paper Dahlia. BRIKA (www.brika.com) is a Canadian-based start up that also celebrates the work of independent artists. Unlike Minted, you will have to register (for free) for a BRIKA account to even peruse the art selections on the website, but I think it’s worth that extra step. It’s become a go-to source for me for creative products. If you’re looking for a place to start, two of my favorite artists on the site are Becky Hui Chan of Honey & Bloom, and Toni Point of Printwork. And last but not least, Society 6 (society6.com) is another online resource for art. It’s larger in scope (and thus slightly more overwhelming) than either Minted or BRIKA, but the user interface, which allows you to sort through the art by a variety of metrics, allows for a more focused browsing experience.
USE YOUR OWN PHOTOGRAPHY If you are interested in displaying your own photography, there are several excellent online sources for printing your images. The Colorado-based start up Artifact Uprising (www.artifactuprising.com) has many beautiful products that you can explore. Their newly launched signature print series is an especially lovely way to display a favorite image. AdoramaPix (www.adoramapix.com) is another excellent option for photo prints. In addition to paper, they offer metal or canvas prints. I’ve consistently been impressed by the quality of the company’s work and their customer service. So purchase a few items, print your own photographs, frame them (or not), and take a chance with where you display them in your home. The beauty is that these pieces can always be taken down or swapped out for newer additions. The works you choose to keep over time will create an art collection that truly reflects your personal taste. Soyoung Oh contributes to the stationery collection at Minted. Her designs there are sold under Dogear Press.
Praise from our Home Owners “For months now, I have intended to send Partners a letter of appreciation. Partners in Building has done a most excellent job in executing my vision for our home and making it a reality. The attention to detail and the finished product have been beautifully executed to the most exacting degree. The solid quality of the materials and Partners’ adherence to strict building standards, which I believe are higher than most other builders, have resulted in a truly remarkable home, something that is immediately apparent to everyone who sees it. Our neighbors here in the Uplands gated community have told us they feel our home has elevated the quality of the neighborhood. My wife and I are grateful we selected Partners to build our home. Thank you Partners in Building for making our Dream Home come true!” —Steven and Audrey Lavaggi Photos by Steve Chenn
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UILDING A custom home is not just a floorplan and a home site. It’s a process. There is a path to building the home you see in your mind. It is a process, but it’s different for every home. What we know at Partners In Building is how to use our custom process to arrive at the home you wanted all along. It can start by sitting down with a Partners In Building architectural designer and talking about bedrooms and bathrooms and courtyards and balconies and everything else you want in your home, and watching him draw it right before your eyes. Or, you can start with a home plan from our extensive library and make it your own. It is also the time to meet with one of our interior designers to decide on the materials and fixtures and finishing touches you want. It’s the fun part, and we haven’t even started building yet. Then the foundation is poured and the framing goes up and you begin to see what was in your mind becoming a reality. It’s truly a unique experience, but it can be a bit unnerving, too. And then you realize you’re not in this alone. The people that are building your home have been with you every step of the way. The sales counselor, the designers, the building superintendent, they have always been there to answer any questions you have and make sure everything is working the way it’s supposed to work. That’s because we’re in the business of building your home. And we’re all in this process together.
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Solar... It Pays for Itself STORY BY AVA LOVE HANNA | PHOTOS FROM AC-SOLAR
USTIN IS NOW among the nation’s leading cities in solar power production according to a recently released report by the advocacy group Environment Texas. Currently ranked 16th, Austin has the potential to continue to rapidly climb the list of cities with increased solar capacity, thanks in large part to the ample solar radiation available in Texas. Helping to lead the charge towards increased solar installations in Austin is AC Solar Solutions, specialists in solar energy systems and overall home energy efficiency. With over 40 years of experience in energy efficiency, AC Solar Solutions offers a complete line of energy and solar options for homeowners. Additionally, they offer a showroom with samples of their extensive product line available to view, as well as experts on hand to talk with customers about their energy needs. In the showroom, customers can view items like R9 windows which are 3 times more energy efficient than the ones sold by most other energy solution companies, as well as see the SunEdison solar panels, a superior American made product used by AC Solar. Cole Reese, Managing Partner at AC Solar Solutions, has always cared about energy efficiency and that, while solar is increasing in popularity, it is just one part of a total package to help reduce energy dependency. “At AC Solar Solutions, we take a total home approach. We first want to make sure that your home is as energy efficient as possible before placing a solar energy system.” To compare, you wouldn’t run your AC with your windows open. The first step in this process is performing a full energy audit to check for leaks and provide recommendations that can involve increasing insulation, weatherizing doors and windows, adding solar screens, and changing the thermostat for better temperature control. Cole says that once this part of the process is complete, “the customer begins to see a ¹/₃ reduction in energy demand before we have even placed the solar energy system.” Another major benefit to purchasing a solar energy system now, Cole adds, is that while the technology has advanced rapidly, the cost has come down substantially. “Solar is no longer a major expense. After rebates, tax credits, energy savings, and other incentives, the installation of a solar energy system often pays for itself.” In addition to decreasing energy demand and dependency, which helps consumers save money on energy bills and helps the environment, the installation of a solar energy system will typically increase the overall value of a customer’s home. With the increased financial and environmental perks that come with the installation of a solar energy system, now is the perfect time to consult with the experts at AC Solar Solutions about their line of premium home energy efficiency and solar energy products. Solar energy production will continue to rise in the United States, and Austin stands as a leader in the solar energy production arena thanks to conscientious consumers and the energy experts like Cole Reese and his staff at AC Solar Solutions.
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Thinkery Dinkery Doc CREATIVE INCUBATOR FOR CHILDREN STORY BY AVA LOVE HANNA | PHOTOS BY BRANDI NELLIS
ITH THE opening of the new Thinkery this past December, Austin is now the home of a prèmiere educational destination for children. An expansion and evolution of the Austin Children’s Museum, the Thinkery is a reimagined creative space for Austin families. The new state-of-the-art and modern facility located in Mueller Town Center offers 40,000 square feet of exhibit and activity space for learning, exploring, and playing and is twice the size of the former museum. The move to the new and improved location means that the children’s museum is not only bigger and better, but can now offer Austin families free parking, increased hands on activities and an impressive outdoor gallery and playscape. Most of the kids who visit the Thinkery will probably be having too much fun to realize that they’re learning, but the educational focus of the exhibits is on “STEAM” education, or science, technology, engineering, art, and math, as well as an emphasis on healthy living. New exhibit areas highlight this focus and include spots like the Innovator’s Workshop which is filled to the brim with materials and tools for kids to learn through creating, problem solving, and inventing. There’s also the new Spark Shop, geared towards older children, which is perfect for “projects that are too big or too messy for the average family garage,” and even includes a projectile
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range to test out those newly designed flying objects. Currents, a new exhibit area focused on water, features 12 hands-on activity stations and the opportunity to learn while getting wet! Other popular exhibit areas include the Light Lab where kids can draw on the walls with lasers or build structures with LED lit blocks, the Kitchen Lab for food and science experiments, and En Mi Familia, an interactive area filled with 3-D versions of the paintings of artist Carmen Lomas-Garza and a focus on life in 1950’s South Texas. Let’s Grow offers a series of exhibits that teach about healthy lifestyle choices including Fresh! Farmer’s Market, Move! Studio, and Bloom, a garden themed space for younger visitors. Of course, no visit to the new Thinkery would be complete without a visit to Our Backyard which features nature areas, a stream, and an impressive universally-accessible custom-designed playscape. Misty Whited, Marketing Manager at the Thinkery says, “Our goal is really to get families engaging and learning together.” With its expanded exhibit areas featuring content for children from 0 to 11 years, hands-on activities, and new dynamic programming, the Thinkery is the perfect spot for Austin families to learn and play.
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Ben Harper receives the Willie Nelson Feed the Peace Award from Nobelity Project Founders, Christy and Turk Pipkin
John Paul and Eloise DeJoria accept the Ann Richards Founders Award from Turk Pipkin
John Paul and Eloise flash the peace sign, the iconic symbol associated with JP’s Peace, Love and Happiness Foundation
The Nobelity Project’s Feed The Peace Awards
Jaclyn Matfus, Ben Harper
STORY BY JOHN PARSSINEN | PHOTOS BY CATHIE PARSSINEN Artist/Sculptor Bill Worrell, Angie Dickson
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Christy Pipkin Kevin Green, Amy Edwards
HAT IF YOU could create greater peace and understanding in the world, or provide amazing educational opportunities for the poorest children on the planet? What if you could spread greater awareness of the most pressing problems, and then materialize the resources needed to actually do something about them? Most of us would be hard-pressed to accomplish just one of these worthy causes in our lifetime. For the folks at the Nobelity Project, creating greater peace isn’t just a dream. It is their mission and their passion. That mission and 40 seriously talented Texas artists, musicians, actors and filmmakers were front and center on February 9th at the Nobelity Project’s annual Feed the Peace Awards ceremony, held at The Four Seasons Austin. The Willie Nelson Feed the Peace Award honors those committed to social justice through art and action. Established in 2010 to honor Willie Nelson for his tireless efforts to create a more peaceful and sustainable future for the world, the award has also been received by Kris Kristofferson and Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes. Grammy-nominated musician and peace activist Ben Harper was added this year to this roster of visionary leaders. The 2014 recipients of the Ann Richards Founders Award were John Paul and Eloise DeJoria. This couple calls Austin, Texas home but exert an impact for good globally and have added support for the Nobelity Project to their other contributions
Kimmie Rhodes, Jimmie Dale and Janet Gilmore
Allison Walton, Artist Bale Creek Allen, Karen and Joe Draker of Maudie’s
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Lisa Pollard, Ray Benson, Amy Edwards
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Actor Billy Burke (Revolution), Actress Micky Hoogendijk, Media personality and internet entrepreneur Adam Curry, Actor JD Pardo (Revolution)
to build a sustainable planet by investing in people, protecting animals and conserving the environment. With true Austin charm, guests at each table were entertained by a celebrity host for the evening. A lively cocktail hour was followed by a silent auction and awards ceremony. The fun-filled evening ended with Ben Harper and the Nobelity Project All-Stars taking the stage to Raise the Roof for the great work of the organization with a live concert.
A cast of Texas All-Stars “raised the roof” to celebrate the work of the Nobelity Project
Peter Caciola, Stephen Germer, Jason Parrish
Carla McDonald, Alex Winkelman
Actor Brad Brad Williams, also of Friday Night Lights fame, Actress Dana Wheeler Nicholson
Lucas Nelson, Ray Benson
Stephanie Lee, Esquire magazine’s Mark Warren, Andy Langer, media commentator on Texas music
Brittany Sontag, Tony Ciola
Lily Pipkin, Mark Kyle
Maria Groten, Maureen Staloch
Jason and Lisa Parrish
Jim and Paige Ballard
Craig and Kellye Sellers
Eric Johnson, Lucas Nelson Ben Harper, 2014 Grammy winner for Best Blues Album, and longtime activist for peace and justice
seated: Lisa Parrish, Tammy Caciola, Dana Germer, Cheryse Lartique; standing: Rachel Gibaut, Diana Alcala Brenda and David Dachner
Wendy and Justin Harvey
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2014 Girls Impact The World Film Festival (GITWFF) Finalists: Kathryn Harhai, Jordyn Roach, Sarah Gale, Actor and Awards Judge Ian Somerhalder, Adriiana Jackson, Sarah Khan
Connecther Founder, Lila Igram with Edna Adan (l) and Khalida Brohi (r). Both women have received support from Connecther.
Lila Igram and Her Impact STORY BY AVA LOVE HANNA | PHOTOS BY HEIDI LIM AND KELLY ROBINSON
at home mom, Lila says she was always interested in conscious business practices and had a secret desire to be involved in social entrepreneurship. When her children got older, she began volunteering and working for a non-profit and thinking about the possibility of launching her own project. When an opportunity arose, Lila started working on Connecther. Starting from scratch without knowing the industry, Lila learned to bootstrap and ask others for help with things like building a website, or getting donations to help pay for 501(c)(3) status. With the success of her bootstrap campaign, Connecther, a communication and crowdfunding platform for issues pertinent to women and children around the world, was born. Connecther focuses on women and children in developing communities. A key difference between Connecther and other poverty alleviation non-profits is their approach. Rather than bringing in groups from outside the community, Connecther Kathryn Harhai (2nd from left) 2014 GITWFF Winner for her film Point B, receives her prize from works to find and utilize people in the local community who attending judges Abigail Disney, Lila Igram, Eloise DeJoria, Ian Somerhalder, Harvard students Kerry Hammond and Ara Parikh (GITWFF Co-Directors), Deepa Donde, film maker and GITWFF Advisor are already affecting change in the area, people like Edna Adan. Edna lives in Somaliland and is working to train 1000 midwives to help reduce the extremely high rate of maternal and infant mortality in an area that, following a bitter civil war, has few health professionals. Lila says of Edna, “Women like her are why we are doing this work. We want to highlight the awesome initiatives that are already happening.” Lila adds that Edna works within her own culture and community. Unlike an outsider with good intentions, Edna has the advantage of knowing what is appropriate for her culture and what would be taboo. She knows how to inspire the women in this area, moreover, because this is her home, Edna is deeply vested in this community and motivated to see real change take place. “That’s the passion that 2013 GITW Film Festival participants drives me,” Lila says, “to spotlight people ILA IGRAM, founder of Connecther, an Austin based nonprofit focused on global poverty alleviation for women and children, wants to make the world a better place. A one-time stay
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in a community that don’t always get the best rap. We tend to think of them as poor or in need, but these women are already empowered; they are brilliant, and they are doing work that is more effective than what someone from the US could do.” Connecther works to increase the visibility of smaller scale projects that might have previously gone unnoticed but can have dramatic impacts on communities. Also, “By aggregating and consolidating hundreds of women and children focused non-profit projects, Connecther provides a platform for a single donor or a donor group, such as a corporation looking for a philanthropic cause, to see over 91 % of their donated dollars go directly to those in underdeveloped communities that are willing and driven to work for self-reliance.” Another initiative of Connecther is the annual Girls Impact the World Film Festival. Presented jointly by Connecther and the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative, the film festival and scholarship program, now in its second year, is open for high school and undergraduate college students to submit 3 to 5 minute films that focus on global women’s issues. Winners have the opportunity for internships and cash prizes, including a grand prize of $5,000. According to Lila, the film festival and Connecther share the same vision, “We want to provide opportunities for young people to share their stories and voices to impact change all over the world.” Among them are voices like those of Zoë Simone Yi and Rebecca Dharmapalan whose film, International Boulevard, won the grand prize in 2013. Their film was a documentary about sex-trafficking in Oakland, California. Since winning the film festival, the girls have gone on to create a task force for youth in Oakland and are helping to rejuvenate efforts to fight trafficking in their city. The 2014 grand prize winning film, Point B by Kathryn Harhai, provides
a moving look at domestic violence from the perspective of the victim by following a girl who reflects on her experience with sexual abuse twelve years after it happened. “The interesting thing about this film,” Lila says, “was that we did not know if it was real or fiction. The judges overwhelmingly related to the film, and it was only after the festival that I found out that it really happened. Kathryn had journaled about the experience, and a friend told her she had to make a film and submit it to the contest. She said that making the film was therapeutic, and I am so happy that we could provide a platform for her.” Winners of the film festival have come from numerous countries including China, Thailand, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Launched two years ago, the film festival has been incredibly successful, receiving 250 submissions, all quality films, where students pour out their passions. Submitted films are available to view online on the Connecther.org website. Lila adds that while the films are focused on issues that affect women and girls, men are also invited to submit films and are welcome to help advance the issue of empowering women and girls. Connecther’s vision and mission is to focus on women and girls in developing communities and to highlight brave strong women from all over the world. “We’re a startup, so whenever we have setbacks, we go back and focus on that mission. The way to help is by investing in people and investing in communities. They are brilliant and empowered, and it’s just a matter of finding them, investing in them, and helping to provide opportunities.” For Lila Igram, every day is an opportunity to work with inspired, committed people who are focused on making their communities and the world a better place.
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Rachel Moore; CEO, American Ballet Theatre; Cookie Ruiz; CEO, Ballet Austin WOTT Chair, Jessica Johnson, Allison Rendall
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A Platinum Anniversary for Women on Their Toes STORY AND PHOTOS BY CATHIE PARSSINEN
ALLET AUSTIN Guild is an all-volunteer nonprofit, established in 1975, whose primary mission is to support and promote the interests of Ballet Austin through educational programs, fundraising and special events. Women on Their Toes celebrated its 20th anniversary with a retrospection Debbie Gainer, Pat Haberman, Emily Moreland, Mary Walcutt, honoring two decades of volunteer recognition at its annual spring luncheon. Kimberly Hundley, Carlene Denman Over 180 women and men have been honored by Ballet Austin Guild for their outstanding service to nonprofits over the last 20 years. This event has raised a cumulative total of more than a half million dollars, a contribution that assists Ballet Austin not only to present annual seasons of dance but also to provide scholarships to dance students and to offer community access and educational programs to 35,000 central Texas residents. The guest speaker at this year’s event was Rachel Moore. She was a member of American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet from 1984–1988 and subsequently received an undergraduate degree from Brown University and a Master’s Degree in Arts Management from Columbia University. Today Rachel Moore is CEO of American Ballet Theatre and head of Project Plié, an initiative to increase racial and ethnic representation in ballet and to diversity America’s ballet companies. Rachel Moore spoke with passion about her effort to make the dance floor a level playing field for all ethnic groups. “Classical ballet in America does not Kim LaVell, Laura Hotze look like America.” If Rachel Moore is successful, she hopes to change that. Ballet Austin is a company partner in the Project Plié initiative. Standing: Janet Eaddy, Christin Wotkyns, Ingrid Kuper, Sandy Cary, Andra Millian , Mary Beth Bolerjack, Glenda Patterson, Seated: Marie Aydam, Daphne Konderla, Gayle Hamilton Jare Smith, Jennene Mashburn, Venus Strawn Kelly Keelan, Alex Sizemore
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THE PROMISED LAND A SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE STORY BY TARJA PARSSINEN PHOTOS BY CATHIE PARSSINEN
UMMERTIME... and the living is sweaty. Really sweaty. You spent all winter vowing to relish this heat and now that it’s upon you, you can barely peel your flesh off the car seat to walk the ten steps to HEB, where you spend an inordinate amount of time in the frozen section, wiping the makeup from your shirt back on your face. In an effort to avoid overheating and achieve maximum cooling, you make the bold decision to zero-scape and tell your waxing lady, “Take it all off! ALL I TELL YOU!” Like Dusty in the Disney movie “Planes,” you move low and slow, trapped in the living, breathing beast of the season. But if there is nothing worse than trying to live and actually be productive in the heat, there is nothing better than a Texas sunset—the almost audible hiss as it dips below the horizon like butter on a frying pan, the immediate cooling, everything in purples and blues and grays. And summer sunsets require—demand!—a celebratory cocktail. It’s not Happy Hour. It’s Survival Hour. You are like Moses crossing that desert, every day. Except with an Acura and road rage. You’re parched and you’re looking for the Promised Land. Praise be, hallelujah, look no further—a wallop of watering holes awaits! And the cherry on top of your frosty beverage is a little live music, am I right? Texans for generations have been singing and drinking, drinking and strumming, and nobody covers the current music scene like Christine Warren in her new history-memoir “Honky Tonk Debutante.” Her Austin chapter is a riot and makes you want to head straight to the Continental Club or the White Horse or the Rattle Inn for a cocktail and some fine sounds. Warren writes with an intimacy, humor and honesty that makes you feel like she’s confiding it all—her passion for music, her in-depth knowledge of Austin’s fabled (and not-so-fabled) musicians—while kicking one Marcia Ball at the Uptown in Marble Falls back with you at Guero’s. Warren writes of something that Monte Warden of The Wagoneers told her: “Why does Texas produce so many unique artists?…That big open sky makes you think you can do anything. How else do you explain Buddy Holly with his bad teeth becoming the next Elvis but with better songs? That sky makes you say, ‘Well…I can do that!’” Amen. Especially as the sun sets and those stars come out and the server tells you what’s on tap.
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ANGEL’S ICEHOUSE On June 4, Angel’s Icehouse will mark its 10 year anniversary! To celebrate that momentous birthday, owners Mary Blumer and Sara Shulman have been busy giving their “Angel” a 10-year face lift, repainting and remodeling, in preparation for the big birthday party this summer. They have also invested in a top-of-the-line beer tap system, and now Angel’s offers beer aficionados 15 local, hand-crafted beers on tap as well as their favorite bottled beers! The big red “Angel’s” sign, visible from the highway, serves as a welcoming beacon for homing pigeons as they fly up and down Hwy 71. In 10 short years, Mary and Sara have created a unique Travis County gathering space in the heart of Spicewood. The ultimate family playground at their kid-friendly restaurant (any unattended children will be tattooed and sold to Roadies!) provides a favorite pit stop for the growing number of families who are settling in nearby neighborhoods. Angel’s has an outdoor stage and dance floor and frequently hosts fundraisers and local bands. Mary and Sara are pictured here with Bob Cheevers who performed at the April benefit to support La Senda Christian Home and School, sponsored by the Bee Creek United Methodist Church. The Angel’s menu features decadent favorites like the double cheddar cheeseburger with grilled onions, mushrooms and jalapenos, as well as healthy favorites like Sara’s Salad. Plans for the future will include an expansion of parking and the creation of space to accommodate food trailers on special, high-traffic weekends. Angel’s Icehouse…a reminder of the way life should be! Visit soon! Open 11 am–close / 7 days a week. 21815 Hwy 71 W., Spicewood, TX 512.264.3777 www.angelsicehouse.com
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GOOD CROWD showed up at Star Hill Ranch in Bee Cave for a Western style gala to support the Bee Cave Police Benevolent Foundation. Guests enjoyed drinks on the covered veranda, dinner provided by Maudie’s Tex Mex and participated in live and silent auctions. According to Foundation President Teresa Breuggeman , the event grossed approximately $30,000. Next year’s gala will be held at the new Sonesta Bee Cave, slated to open Spring 2015 in the Hill Country Galleria. Police Chief Rusty Pancoast thanked the crowd for its support of the Foundation, whose financial safety net for Bee Cave police officers was put to the test this past year when three officers found themselves in need of assistance. Officer Carl Neal, who was Rookie of the Year in 2012, received the award for Officer of the Year for 2013. The Foundation Board also thanked Chief Rusty Pancoast, who will retire in October, for his many years of service as Chief of the Police for Bee Cave and gave him an H&K .40 caliber pistol as a farewell gift. Pancoast joked that he had been an officer for so long that his very first uniform was a loin cloth; he wrote on a stone tablet and rode to David and Bertina Schreiber work on a pterodactyl! Jessica Halley, Officer Ryan Halley, Michelle Wildman, Officer Jon Wildman
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HOSPITAL MEDICAL HARM LEAPFROG OVER IT STORY BY AVA LOVE HANNA
CCORDING TO Consumer Reports, an estimated 2.25 million Americans will die this decade, not from illnesses, but from medical harm. “That’s like wiping out nearly the entire population of North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Vermont.” Additionally, according to a new study published in the Journal of Patient Safety, hospital medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S., behind heart disease and cancer, and may account for as many as 400,000 deaths a year. With frightening statistics like these, it is imperative that patients are proactive in researching and choosing hospitals based on their safety records when seeking medical care. Fortunately for consumers, there are organizations that are focused on measuring and publicly reporting hospital performance. Both Consumer Reports and The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national not-for-profit organization and advocate in hospital transparency have ranked Austin
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hospitals according to their safety scores. Both of these organizations have ranked several of the St. David’s Hospitals as the top hospitals in Austin. Leapfrog assigned a safety rating of “A” to the St. David’s Medical Center, Georgetown, and Round Rock locations. Leapfrog assigns hospitals letter grades of “A, B, C, D, or F” based on a hospital’s performance on 28 safety measures. A rating of “A” means that the hospital had fewer than average incidents that could result in a patient’s injury or death. Seton hospitals were trailing far behind of St. David’s with the Seton Williamson and Northwest locations receiving “B” rankings and the Medical Center, Hays, and Brackenridge locations all ranked “C.” The hospitals’ full scores are available in Consumer Reports or by visiting Leapfrog’s site at www. healthsafetyscore.org. In addition to researching a hospital’s safety score, patients can further safeguard themselves by always having an advocate, a friend or family member by their bedside at all times, to be on the lookout for medical errors. Organizations like PULSE, a nonprofit organization working to improve patient safety and reduce the rate of medical errors, offer checklists for advocates on their website, www.pulseamerica.org. Additionally, Karen Curtiss, president of PartnerHeath, authored a handbook for advocates, Safe & Sound in the Hospital: Must-Have Checklists and Tools for Your Loved One’s Care, which contains “checklists that teach patients and families what to look for, what to do and what to say to safeguard hospital care.” Another way to safeguard one’s health is to avoid unnecessary tests and procedures. In her article for AARP, “10 Tests to Avoid,” Elizabeth Agnvall lists tests and treatments that doctors felt were often unnecessary and could do more harm than good. According to the article, for healthy individuals with no warning signs, tests such as annual physicals, yearly pap tests, yearly exercise stress tests, among others scans and screenings, are not needed or needed less frequently. In an interview with NPR, Dr. Marty Makary, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital whose book Unaccountable calls for greater transparency in health care, said it’s also important to increase the awareness of the potential of unintended consequences when doctors perform procedures and tests. The risk of harm needs to be factored into conversations with patients. In light of the information about accidental patient deaths due to medical harm, it is imperative that patients are proactive in ensuring their safety. Dr. David Mayer, vice president of quality and safety at Maryland-based MedStar Health, says that “way too many people are being harmed by unintentional medical errors, and it needs to be corrected.” By researching area hospitals, ensuring they have an advocate during hospital stays, and having open discussions with their physicians about the medical necessity of all tests and procedures, patients can work as partners with their healthcare providers while still helping to ensure their own safety.
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COMFORTABLE SETTING, personalized attention, advanced technology and training in a discreet relaxing environment…the practice at Lakeway Dermatology is different than most dermatology offices. We believe that healthy skin leads to beautiful skin, and you can count on our board certified dermatologists to help you achieve both. Lakeway Dermatology opened its doors twelve years ago specializing in skin cancer detection and treatment including Mohs Micrographic Surgery. Realizing the need for dermatologist supervised cosmetic treatments, Lakeway Dermatology expanded to include a cosmetic and laser center. Lakeway Dermatology is now offering an innovative way to address the common signs of aging. Micro-needling, also called Collagen Induction Therapy, provides a gentle, effective treatment for fine lines, wrinkles, loose skin, acne scarring, stretch marks, and hyperpigmentation. During this procedure, tiny needles are used to create micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin. The skin’s repair process results in a thicker dermis, and lines and wrinkles become less noticeable. The superficial micro-channels also allow topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively. Micro-needling can be used on the entire body, and treatment typically takes thirty minutes or less. The immediate effect after the treatment is a “glow” to the skin. In the six months following treatment, the skin continues to improve as collagen production increases. Patients see an enormous difference after just one session; however, optimal results are achieved with a series of treatments spaced at six week intervals. Contact us to learn more about this remarkable procedure and come experience rejuvenation without surgical intervention at Lakeway Dermatology. 1313 RR 620 South, Ste. 201, Lakeway, Texas 512.263.0057 www.lakewaydermatology.com
Hill Country Pediatric Dentistry
BEANSPROUT PEDIATRICS offers complimentary prenatal visits, routine newborn care, well child care, camp and sport physicals, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of a variety of illnesses, ADHD consultation and management, minor wound care, allergy testing and management and many other services. They are open 8 am–6 pm Monday through Thursday, 8 am–4 pm Fridays. They now offer a walk-in clinic daily for acute sick visits of low complexity. Dr. Danielle Grant opened Beansprout Pediatrics in Lakeway in 2010. To accommodate the rapid growth of their practice, Beansprout Pediatrics relocated to 13917 TX-71, the former Urgent Care building in front of the Field Of Dreams on Hwy 71 W near the Hamilton Pool Rd intersection. They now have more exam rooms and larger separate well and sick areas. This vibrant office caters to patients of all ages from newborns to adolescents. Dr. Grant is a mother of three and an active member of the community. She graduated from UConn Medical School and completed her Pediatrics residency at Baylor/Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. She was in private practice in Dallas prior to moving to this area. Dr. Temple joined Beansprout Pediatrics in 2013. He was in private practice in Oregon for 5 years and relocated with his wife and three children to the Hill Country area to be closer to family. He is board certified in pediatrics and attended residency at Texas Children’s Hospital with Dr. Grant. He enjoys travel medicine and dedicates time to disaster relief, helping underserved populations around the globe. Beansprout welcomed the addition of Jesse Zaitchik, male pediatric nurse practitioner, in February of 2011. He has a focus on adolescent and sports medicine.
WHY SHOULD YOUR CHILD see a Pediatric Dentist? Pediatric Dentistry is one of the nine recognized dental specialties of the American Dental Association. Pediatric dentists complete two to three years of additional specialized training (after the required four years of dental school and four years of undergraduate education) to prepare them for treating a wide variety of children’s dental problems. They are also trained and qualified to care for patients with medical, physical or mental disabilities. Pediatric dentists are qualified to provide oral conscious sedation. In addition, many are on staff at hospitals to provide care under general anesthesia. Taking your child to a pediatric dentist every six months is similar to taking your child to a pediatrician for a well child exam. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that the dental home be established by your child’s first birthday. These early visits will provide education on proper oral health care at home. In addition, these visits can provide guidance of what to expect as your child’s dentition develops. Moreover, early intervention with preventive measures can stop the severity of many developmental problems, making treatment times shorter with better outcomes in the future. Hill Country Pediatric Dentistry, P.A. is a dental home for your child with offices located in Bee Cave and Marble Falls. The Owners and Pediatric Dentists, Dr. Steve Hernandez and Dr. Angie Hernandez live, work and play in the Lake Travis area. HCPD is an active sponsor of the LTYA. In addition, HCPD sponsors many community events from health expos to school carnivals and school supply drives. Come in and see us soon!
13917 W. Hwy 71, Ste. A, Austin, Texas 512-610-7030 www.beansproutpediatrics.com
1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd, Ste. 1430, Austin, Texas 512-474-7575 12225 Bee Caves Road, Bee Cave, Texas 512-263-7455 www.hcpdkid.com
LAKEWAY DERMATOLOGY is a unique boutique dermatology experience dedicated to personalized comprehensive dermatology care. We offer the latest and most advanced cosmetic treatments, products, and services.
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www.lakewaydermatology.com 1313 RR 620 South, Ste. 201 Lakeway, TX 78734
Hill Country Pediatric Dentistry, PA Steve Hernandez, D.D.S. & Angie Hernandez, D.D.S. • Specialists in Pediatric Dentistry
OPENING A NEW OFFICE TO SERVE AUSTIN PATIENTS
Central Texas Pediatric Dentistry 1201 Barbara Jordan Blvd., #1430 Adjacent to Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin 512-474-7575
12225 Bee Caves Road Bee Cave 512-263-7455
608 Gateway Central Ste 201 Marble Falls 830-693-7044
State-of-the-art Digital Radiography • Hospital dentistry Conscious sedation • Special needs patients Laser dentistry • Interceptive orthodontics
Accepting most insurance
bioFIT MEDICINE Kevin Hoffarth M.D.
MEDICAL WEIGHT LOSS FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE HORMONE OPTIMIZATION
“We would dramatically alter the top 10 diseases in the U.S. today if patients were educated and supported in the practice of healthy lifestyle and prevention from their primary care providers. I believe you can feel great now, and prevent disease later with healthy habits. I am passionate about helping people reach their own ideal wellness with realistic and attainable goals."
3813 JUNIPER TRACE, BEE CAVE, TEXAS 512.800.3197 | WWW.BIOFITMEDICINE.COM
BioFIT Medicine FEW PHYSICIANS TODAY have a broader array of medical experience than Dr. Kevin Hoffarth. “We would dramatically alter the top 10 diseases of the U.S. today if a healthy lifestyle was the focal point of today’s medical practices. I am passionate about helping people feel their very best.” Through a team-oriented approach, BioFIT Medicine embodies this very principle. Having practiced most of his career in California, Dr. Hoffarth has facilitated the care of patients in Obstetrics, Internal Medicine, ER, Hospital Medicine, Surgery, and Pediatrics and also has specialty expertise in GI Disorders. Dr. Hoffarth also has advanced training in Age Management Medicine through world-renowned, Cenegenics. Using methods typically only afforded to top athletes, Dr. Hoffarth embraces an approach dedicated to goal-oriented results with a concurrent goal of eliminating as many medications as possible for his patients. It is Dr. Hoffarth’s view that this can be achieved through the use of Bioidentical Hormones; identifying problem areas using a DEXA body composition scan; understanding your cardiac efficiency with VO2 max testing; utilizing genetic screening panels to pinpoint your cardiac risk factors then actively manage them, and applying cutting-edge medical weight loss tools. For patients with chronic health care needs, Dr. Hoffarth’s Concierge Medicine model helps with the ongoing care of Diabetes, Hypertension, Coronary Artery Disease and other chronic illness. Dr. Hoffarth will manage your medications and will coordinate care among your other health care providers. BioFIT welcomes your visit to our new location at 3813 Juniper Trace in Bee Cave behind the Hill Country Galleria. Open and now accepting new patients. 3813 Juniper Trace, Bee Cave, Texas 512-800-3197 www.biofitmedicine.com
Sage Dentistry DRS. LATIOLAIS, KIMES, and our entire team at Sage Dentistry have one goal in mind...your oral health. Our office has a soothing, relaxed atmosphere and is a premiere dental practice in the Austin area. We are passionate about cosmetic & family dentistry and want to give you and your family the smiles you deserve! Our state-of-the-art equipment and commitment to the highest quality of care will be evident from your first visit. We embrace the latest techniques in modern dentistry to ensure that you receive the most gentle and current dental care available. Your trust is very important to us, so we use a hospitalgrade autoclave to heat-sterilize each instrument, or the instruments are discarded following the treatment of each patient. Our commitment to our patients is also reflected in the continuing education that our team participates in on a consistent basis. Sage Dentistry treats many interdisciplinary cases, meaning we team with dental specialists to meet your individual needs. Working with highly skilled specialists enables Sage Dentistry to offer the finest quality care possible; we have your best interest and oral health as our main focus. Come visit our office and see what a difference compassionate, honest dental care can make in your family’s health! Dr. Latiolais received her doctorate degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, and Dr. Kimes graduated with a doctorate from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. Sage Dentistry is an active supporter of the Lakeway community and proudly sponsors athletics and organizations in Lake Travis ISD. 11420 Bee Cave Road, Suite B-150, Austin, Texas 512-263-8500 www.SageDentistryAustin.com
Digitally milled ceramic crown in one visit.
DIGITAL DENTISTRY IS BASED RIGHT HERE IN BEE CAVE. STORY BY CATHIE PARSSINEN PHOTOS BY BRANDI NELLIS AND SMILE DESIGNS
One of the leaders of the industry is Dr. Todd Ehrlich. Dr. Ehrlich has been on the forefront of digital dentistry for 15 years and is a consultant for the biggest and most innovative companies in dentistry. His passion for hightech dentistry has given him the opportunity to lecture across the U.S. and internationally. He completes live patient demonstrations at the annual American Dental Association meeting where thousands of dentists discover the attributes of digital dentistry. As in any industry, dentistry benefits by going digital. Dr. Ehrlich explains: â€œPatients want the best technology, and I believe digital dentistry is the way to go. We no longer need impressions or two visits to complete our crowns and veneers. We simply scan the teeth into a computer, design the restorations in a computer program, and then mill them. It is simple, fast, and extremely accurate. The best thing is that the patient does NOT have to come back. No temporary! Done! My favorite cases are our one-day makeovers: veneers in a day!â€?
Digital dentistry also includes techniques for diagnosing: X-rays. Digital x-rays have come a long way and most dentists are using them, but what makes Dr. Ehrlich stand apart is that he utilizes three-dimensional x-rays much like a CT scanner. This allows him to digitally plan dental implants and diagnose tooth problems that are very difficult to see on traditional x-ray views. He is one of the few general dentists in the US to even have this capability. Dr. Ehrlich and his wife Kristine opened their practice in Bee Cave in 2000 when there was not a lot of activity out here. He explains,â€?I remember driving through the area and thinking that this would be a great place to live. The day I saw the ground break for the HEB in Bee Cave, I knew the area was going to explode, and it did! I am glad to call the area my home and help my neighbors with the highest technology in dentistry.â€?
Todd Ehrlich, DDS
Custom digital restorations by Dr. Ehrlich.
11813 Bee Caves Road Bee Cave, TX 78738 www.smiledesignsbeecave.com (512) 263-8332
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Photo by Winston T. Lackey
Have you ever looked forward to going to the pharmacy? Probably not. It’s usually just another chore on your to-do list. Long lines, impersonal staff, and subpar service are what we have come to expect. But there’s a new pharmacy in town. Hill Country Apothecary is revolutionizing the way we look at pharmacies. Located in Lakeway Plaza, Hill Country Apothecary is an innovative, boutique, compounding pharmacy that provides a personal experience unlike any other. They specialize in pain therapy, bio-identical hormone replacement, veterinary and pediatric medication and have an extensive supply of highend, pharmaceutical-grade, natural whole food nutritional supplements. Hill Country Apothecary offers both traditional and compound medications, providing patients an alternative to swallowing pills, such as liquids, topical creams, ointments, lozenges and even lollipops. Owners and Pharmacists Jana Downing and Adam Metcalf built the pharmacy with a focus on the community and a patient-centered attitude. They provide patients with personalized, sit-down consultations to answer any and all questions one may have. Hill Country Apothecary is focused on treating individuals for their personal needs, not just as another customer. Downing and Metcalf encourage their customers to rely on them for their unique health and wellness needs. The son and daughter of pharmacist fathers, both Downing and Metcalf saw how a pharmacy is able to cater to respective communities. Metcalf told the Lake Travis View, “Jana and I both grew up as pharmacy rug rats. We have seen the difference our families have made in their cities. And we still believe that pharmacy is an important part of the community. We want people to come and hang out and play cards or talk about politics. Jana and I believe that Lakeway and the surrounding community will support this idea. We want to contribute to the area we live in.”
Also, onsite is Director of Wellness, Paige Ryan (formerly at Peoples Rx). She is an Applied Clinical Nutritionist, specializing in hormonal imbalance, focus and attention issues, weight management challenges, allergy suffering, food hypersensitivity, detoxification, and overall gut health. Through an in-depth consultation and applied functional medicine, Paige can get your body back in balance. Hill Country Apothecary is focused on educating patients on their treatment, general wellness and even preventative care. They cater to you in the most personalized and convenient way possible through curb-side pickup and local delivery. The contemporary architecture and natural light offer the perfect environment to sit and enjoy a juice by Skinny Limits (located inside Hill Country Apothecary) or coffee and access complementary WiFi while you wait for your prescription to be filled. Hill Country Apothecary is now open in Lakeway and will open its Riverplace location at RR 620 and 2222 in Spring 2014.
1310 R.R. 620 South, Lakeway, Texas 78734 (512) 351-9139 www.rxhca.com Mon–Sat: 9:00 am–6:00 pm Adam Metcalf Pharm D, Owner
Jana Downing Pharm D, Owner
Paige Ryan Director of Wellness
Featuring professional supplements: Xymogen • NuMedica • BioGenesis • Premier Research Labs • NeuroBiologix • Ortho Molecular
Located inside Hill Country Apothecary.
Silverado Memory Care THE NEW SILVERADO MEMORY CARE Community in Bee Cave will serve a growing need for dementia care. A new, state-of-the-art Silverado Memory Care Community is set to open this summer in Bee Cave. Silverado is focused exclusively on enriching the lives of memory-impaired residents, their families and its associates. The company’s approach to memory care results in evidenced-based clinical outcomes for those with memory loss. Their distinctive model combines the social benefits of a community lifestyle with the support of world-class care—including around-the-clock licensed nurses and industry-leading medical directors. Each Silverado community features elements that are specifically designed to benefit those with memory impairments—from memory boxes that help enhance residents’ social value, to natural lighting and outdoor walking paths that give freedom of movement throughout the large grounds. The Residents feel purpose again through engaging music programs, cooking clubs and other experiences—all designed to enhance quality of life for the up to 90 residents the community will serve. Award-winning assisted living administrator Rose Vera leads the opening of this new community. “What I quickly learned after joining Silverado was that the company’s ability to constantly innovate comes from its vision to change the way the world cares for those with memory impairments,” shares Vera. “It’s a privilege to be a part of that vision, and to bring Silverado to the city of Bee Cave and surrounding lake Travis community.” Silverado Bee Cave invites all members of the greater community to drop by for a visit to experience the life-enriching care for themselves. In addition to memory care, Silverado offers hospice care throughout the Austin area.
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Dr. Kevin Hoffarth is passionate about helping his patients to look and feel their very best. His new practice, BioFIT Medicine, focuses on wellness and customized care to help each patient achieve maximum health and balance. A lifestyle doctor, Dr. Hoffarth is a firm believer that the best way to treat illness is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. With over 14 years of experience practicing quality of life/preventative care medicine, he is a board-certified family physician who uses his advanced training in age management combined with innovative evidence-based medicine to provide his patients with the most dynamic and up-to-date care. Prior to moving to Lakeway in March 2012, Dr. Hoffarth practiced family medicine in South Lake Tahoe. During his time there he gained valuable
Jeff and Tabatha Conarko are on a mission to provide the best quality olive oils and vinegars in the world to their customers. The husband and wife team opened Con’ Olio Oils and Vinegars after they traveled overseas and had the opportunity to sample the highly sophisticated oils offered in Europe. Upon their return home, Tabatha says, they were unable to find the same quality of olive oils in Texas. Their search led them to meet with a wholesale distributor in California, and they were blown away by the amazing quality of the product. They knew they needed to make sure that these premium quality oils and vinegars were available in Austin. Five years later, armed with a passion for educating consumers about extra virgin olive oils, they made the choice to leave their corporate jobs and opened their first
experience and a deeper understanding of his field. As one of the few doctors in the area, he had the opportunity to serve as a family doctor, a hospitalist, and an ER doctor. He treated patients daily in the office, delivered babies, worked in the ICU, performed colonoscopies, and even worked in the ER on the weekends. He loved the opportunity to be exposed to so many different areas of medicine and said that his Dr. Kevin Hoffarth time in South Lake Tahoe was a rich experience which helped him to develop his incredibly diverse skill set. BioFIT Medicine and Dr. Hoffarth believe in treating the whole patient. Each patient is treated individually with an understanding of his or her unique needs and with a focus on results. BioFIT’s services include: hormone optimization, body composition analysis, V02 Max testing, genetic screening, nutrition counseling, and specialized services for the unique health needs of both women and men. For those patients with additional needs or who are dealing with advanced illnesses, BioFIT offers concierge services. As a concierge member, the patients receive direct physician accessibility and work as partners with Dr. Hoffarth in order to optimize their health and to receive highly attentive, personalized care. “When patients commit to their health by retaining me as their physician, they can be certain I have the time, motivation and deep commitment to keep them healthy, active, and vibrant. I understand that you are the patient…I am here to listen to what you have to say, to answer your questions and concerns as thoroughly as possible, and I am not satisfied until you are satisfied.” Dr. Hoffarth loves Lakeway and the Austin area and is excited to be in a city that values healthy living and progressive medicine. “I tell my patients you’re not getting older; you’re getting out of balance.” He believes that preventative care and a healthy lifestyle are the keys to achieving balance and optimum health, and BioFIT Medicine is here to support patients on the road to vitality. 512.800.3197 www.BioFitMedicine.com
Con’ Olio Oils and Vinegars location, complete with a tasting bar. When customers enter Con’ Olio, they are warmly greeted and then asked if this is their first visit to the store. If it is a customer’s first visit, they are offered an education about the oils and vinegars available in the store. “We have a philosophy about educating the consumer,” Tabatha says, “We want them to know the difference between low and high quality extra virgin olive oils.” Additionally, classes facilitated by Jeff and Tabatha are held every month. While the shop is closed, customers are invited to an intimate tasting session where they can compare the taste of a fresh extra virgin olive oil to that of popular grocery store oil with a rancid taste. The Conarkos will also walk the consumer through everything they need to know when buying olive oil. “Always look for a harvest date,” Tabatha says. “It’s the number one thing you should look for when buying extra virgin olive oil.” At Con’ Olio, each oil is labeled with its harvest date. The oils have also been chemically tested to ensure that they are extra virgin. “What sets us apart is that we Jeff and Tabatha Conarko source all of our extra virgin olive oil from Northern and Southern hemisphere countries with opposite harvest seasons.” This means that the oils available at Con’ Olio are always the freshest ones available right at the time of harvest and that customers have access to fresh oils all year long. After opening their first store five years ago, the Conarkos have since opened two more store locations. Their most recent spot in Bee Caves opened late last year. “We are excited to be in the west, as so many of our customers had asked us about opening a location in the west. “ With the opening of this new store, customers in the Lakeway and Bee Caves areas now have easier access to the ultra-premium oils available at Con’ Olio and to the wealth of knowledge Jeff and Tabatha Conarko have about premium oils and vinegars. 512-263-4373 www.conolios.com
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Thrives in Lake Travis HILL COUNTRY GALLERIA
With over 100 stores and restaurants in one convenient and beautiful location, the Hill Country Galleria is a prime shopping, dining, and entertainment destination for families in the Bee Cave, Lakeway and Austin areas. More than a shopping center, the Hill Country Galleria is a lifestyle center and gives its visitors the ability to do it all: work, shop, dine, exercise, see a movie, visit the library, play, and more, all in one family friendly spot. The Galleria offers a wide variety of dining options and an exciting restaurant scene including a diverse collection of restaurants with choices ranging from Iron Cactus Mexican Grill to Madam Mam’s Thai Cuisine or Tadashi Sushi. Despite its already impressive offerings of restaurants and stores, the Galleria is continuing to grow. New spots include: Schmidt
Claudete Gunsalus loves children and is committed to providing them with the highest quality drop-in childcare service available. As the owner and director of Kid-E-Shack Lakeway, she is dedicated to making sure that parents have access to convenient childcare and that they can rest assured that their children will be well cared for, kept safe, and entertained. For Ms. Gunsalus, who has over thirty-one years of experience in childcare ser-
Family Barbecue, Sun Radio KDRP 100.1, Chili’s, What Women Wear!, and Poly & Grace, with We Olive, the Sonesta Bee Cave Hotel, and Hasler Brothers Steak House coming soon. The Hill Country Galleria is a safe and welcoming place to enjoy a day of shopping and dining or to simply gather and enjoy community. Family friendly and dog friendly, the Galleria has an interactive fountain for water fun, a beautiful amphitheater, natural green spaces, and hosts over 80 events a year. Events are always free and family-oriented and are an important part of the Hill Country Galleria’s commitment to the community. Events have included community and holiday celebrations, public safety events, charity walks, and the popular Saturday Night Concert Series. Concerts are held in the amphitheater with music beginning at 7 pm. Visitors can bring a blanket and lounge in the green spaces of the amphitheater, order dinner from one of the many Galleria restaurants and have it delivered to them right on the lawn. One of the largest and most popular events at the center is the annual Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival. Taking place on Saturday June 28th, the community driven festival which is organized by the producers of the beloved Pecan Street Festival, will feature live music, performing arts, local and international foods, fine art showcases, art vendors set up throughout main street, a petting zoo, carnival rides, water rides for kids, and two fireworks shows. “We are continuing to establish the Hill Country Galleria as an ideal location that offers something for every individual,” said Courtney Bunte, Marketing Manager for the center, “and we’ll continue to host concerts, holiday events and community gatherings on the property.” With its acres of natural beauty, diverse shopping, dining, and entertainment options, the Hill Country Galleria is the ideal spot for families in the Bee Cave, Lakeway and Austin areas to shop, dine, or simply come together to enjoy their community in a beautiful and family friendly environment. 512.263.0001 www.hillcountrygalleria.com
vice, taking care of children is more than a job; it’s a labor of love. She says, “I consider myself lucky to be able to give my time and attention to your children.” Claudete Gunsalus became the owner of KidOwner and Director Claudete Gunsalus E-Shack Lakeway in August 2011. She is highly active and dedicated to the community. She spends much of her time and energy outside of work volunteering for organizations that promote safety and participating with school events. Ms. Gunsalus has helped with the Bee Cave Police Benevolent Foundation Gala and in 2013 graduated from the Lakeway Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association. She says of her volunteer efforts, “This is my community; I want to make sure that everything works well for the families here.” Kid-E-Shack Lakeway is a drop-in childcare facility, meaning that is available for parents when they need it the most. Whether it’s some time to run errands or for quick care in a crisis situation, Ms. Gunsalus wants parents to know that she and her employees are available whenever they are needed. Ms. Gunsalus said that she has helped many families that are new to the area, “they don’t yet have friends or family nearby and have no one to rely on to help with their children, but they can rely on us. We want them to know that we are here for them, and we will try to provide them with the kind of service that they would get from a friend or family member.” In order to make Kid-E-Shack Lakeway an inviting and comfortable environment for both parents and children, Claudete Gunsalus makes it a top priority to hire staff members that are not only highly qualified but who also love children. She says, “I don’t just want them to like kids, I want them to love kids!” For Claudete Gunsalus, her priorities for the children in her care are “first safety, then to be happy and entertained. “With a caring staff and variety of fun options like an incredible indoor playscape, game systems, air hockey, foosball, an art room, games, books, and a movie room, kids from ages 18 months to 14 years of age will find themselves happily entertained and well cared for. Parents are able to get time and support when they need it at Kid-E-Shack Lakeway. 512.402.0077 www.kid-e-shack.com
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Sharon Wiegand, Matt Creer, Sheena McKnight, Autumn Faucheux
Homebuilder David Lyne (VII Homes), Amber Hart
Casino Night VIP Party
Furnishings selected by Decorum Home David and Jean Hennagin
STORY AND PHOTOS BY CATHIE PARSSINEN
A Kimmo Babinski, Chad Faucheux
MBER HART and Lindsey Kelley, both Realtors at Keller Williams Lake Travis Market Center, organized a guilt-free opportunity for friends and associates to roll the dice for charity while simultaneously enjoying a preview of VII Custom Homes newly completed Home of Distinction on Flagler Drive in Belvedere. The team from Decorum Home + Design, led by Beth Beach and son, Chris Beach, were responsible for staging the home. Guests enjoyed appetizers, wine, gambling, raffles, prizes, a silent auction and music by John Lockhart of “Suede.” Casino Night is just one of a series of events Amber Hart and Lindsey Kelley have organized to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of South Central Texas in its ongoing fight against blood cancers. ®
Courtney Cunningham and Dana Bateman of Trinity Title
The Decorum team: Jenona Amor, Nancy Puglisi, Chris Beach, Beth Beach
Rita Radford, Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford
Melissa Bauer, Amanda and Chris Wylie, John and Julie Rohrer Kurt Jerdon, Brian and Krista Squires, Melanie Jerdon, Valerie Reid Regina Cotroneo, David Lyne
Kathryn Karkella, Annette Baker, Cathy Shockey (from Legend Lighting)
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Lindsey Kelley, Amber Hart
Stacy Jordan, HCA co-owner Jana Downing, Emily Keiser, Director of Wellness, Paige Ryan, Sterlyn Franklin
HCA Co-owners Adam and Courtney Metcalf
Dr. Marcelo Antunes, Dr. Simone Scumpia, Dr. Dan Freeland Rich Gavin, HCA co-owner Jana Downing
Wine and Dine with Hill Country Apothecary
Patrick Ortman, Katharine Funston
STORY AND PHOTOS BY CATHIE PARSSINEN
DAM METCALFÂ and Jana Downing, the owners of the recently opened Hill Country Apothecary, devoted a lot of effort to develop a comprehensive marketing strategy for the launch of their new compounding pharmacy in Lakeway. They understood that successful marketing is rather like a military campaign. It involves a simultaneous assault on multiple fronts to be effective. An important goal for the owners was to get the know some of the people they hope to serve. Pictured here is the private dinner Hill Country Apothecary hosted at Artisan Bistro to introduce themselves and their compounding pharmacy to physicians in the area. They reserved the entire restaurant for the evening. Following dinner, the group headed Dianne and Dr. R. David Calvo around the corner for a tour of the pharmacy. Brian Calvo, Allison Del Papa
Silvia and Dr. Ron DeWitt
Dr. Danielle Grant, Shannon Grant
Elizabeth and Kyle Frolich
Nikki Steele, Paige Ryan, Jana Downing, Courtney Metcalf, Blain Thayer, Elly Gibbs, John Whiteneck, Michael Dominguez, Sandra Castillo, Adam Metcalf
Dr. Marcelo and Alexis Antunes
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Agents Jogee Comegys, Stephanie Nick, Monica Fabbio, Margaret Parma, Diana Thomas, Karla Burgess, Jana Church
J Kuper (Owner/Broker Capital City Sotheby’s International Realty & Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty) addresses guests at the 2014 Agent Awards at the Onmi Barton Creek Resort.
Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of Capital City Sotheby’s new office at Barton Creek Village
O.N.E. Event at the Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa STORY BY CATHIE PARSSINEN | PHOTO COMPLIMENTS OF CAPITAL CITY SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY
APITAL CITY Sotheby’s International Realty held a two-day event at Barton Creek with San Antonio’s Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty. The two companies formed a strategic partnership when they merged in 2012 under the ownership of Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, a brokerage that is the leading realty company in San Antonio, according to the Philip White (CEO, Sotheby’s International Realty), Wendy Purvey (Chief Marketing Officer, “San Antonio Business Journal Book of Lists 2014.” The O.N.E. event was the first joint gathering for Sotheby’s International Realty), Rick Kuper (President, Capital City agents, management and staff of both companies following their merger. Sotheby’s International Realty & Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty), J Kuper (Owner/Broker Capital City Sotheby’s Sotheby’s Auction House, a storied name in global business that has been entrusted with the sale International Realty & Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty) of preeminent rare art, jewels and other priceless collectibles, founded Sotheby’s Mark Strama, Head of International Realty in 1976 to connect buyers and sellers of luxury homes worldGoogle Fiber, Austin wide. 700+ affiliate agencies with over 14,000 agents in 52 countries rely on the power of the premier brand. For the sixth consecutive year, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC won Franchise Business Review’s Best in Category for Real Estate Franchisee Satisfaction award. In addition to its real estate ranking, the brand also came in second overall among the Top 50 Large Franchise Systems, which is a ranking of all franchise systems with more than 200 units across all categories. True to their tagline, “Artfully Uniting Extraordinary Properties with Extraordinary Lives,” organizers of the event made sure it conformed in every way with its luxury branding. An official ribbon cutting for Capital City Sotheby’s Presentation by Mark Sprague, State Director International Realty’s new office at Barton Creek Village kicked off the two-day of Information Capital, Independence Title series of events. Later that evening, an awards ceremony with dinner and dancTop 10 Austin Agents: Gary Dolch, Michelle Dolch, Kim Burke, Sandy Cary, ing at the Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa honored the 2013 achievements Stephanie Nick, Philip White (CEO, Sotheby’s International Realty), Margaret of Capital City Sotheby’s agents. 2013 was a remarkable year industry-wide in Parma, Dana Twombly, Jonathan Creath, Lauren Powell, Diana Thomas, and Wendy Purvey (Chief Marketing Officer, Sotheby’s International Realty) Austin, and Capital City Sotheby’s International Realty had a 45% increase in sales in the Austin market. The next day, Mark Strama, Head of Google Fiber, discussed the radical changes Google Fiber will bring to cities with its 100-fold increase in speed over Broadband. Austin is current implementing Google Fiber, and Google is investigating a short list of cities, including San Antonio, for possible implementation. Mark Sprague, State Director of Information Capital for Independence Title outlined current trends in Texas real estate. Networking with senior Sotheby executives and classes on a wide range of topics were also offered.
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Golf’s Master in a Master Builder’s Home
Lights, Camera and Plenty of Action
Hanging Out in the Hollywood Hills
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Haute Hippie Suede Jacket, Elie Tahari Top, 7 for all mankind Jeans, Mui Mui Boots
OR 30 years, St. David’s Community Health Foundation has presented Toast of the Town, a rite of passage during the spring social season. Toast of the Town spoils its select guests with a signature series of unique parties held at some of Austin’s most iconic landmarks, restaurants, luxurious private residences, ranches and vineyards. Parties are usually themed, and theme-appropriate attire is encouraged. For those who are stylistically challenged, there is no need to panic! Neiman Marcus Austin provided a private fashion show tying some dropdead looks to this year’s specific parties.
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Spirits, Sustenance & Swing
Zegna Shirt, Hugo Boss Jacket, AG Jeans, TOMS shoes Let’s go to the Border and Beyond
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Rebecca Taylor Blouse and Pant, Jimmy Choo Shoes
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Culinary Adventure at Jeffrey’s Josephine House
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Justin and Ashley Yarborough, Leslie and Kevin Robnett
Lights . . . Camera . . . AND PLENTY OF ACTION STORY AND PHOTOS BY CATHIE PARSSINEN
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Homeowners and hosts, Renata Marsilli and Jeff Ashpitz
HE MOUNTAIN top home of Renata Marsilli and Jeff Ashpitz offered a dramatic setting for this glitz and glam Hollywood-themed Toast of the Town party, one in a series of 18 parties held every year to fund the Neal Kocurek Scholarships endowed by the St. David’s Foundation. Kyle Chandler, star of the iconic Friday Nite Lights show, beloved now and forever in every Texas heart that still has a pulse, was the very special party guest. He exceeded every possible expectation, graciously posing for pictures with sponsors and guests for at least an hour and a half. His remarks to the crowd later revealed a bit about his nature, “I am honored to be here. We’ve all experienced the hand that lifts
Jack Phan, Shanti Hall, Scarlett and John Lewis
Jane Driscoll, Christina Hester
Maha Rinaude, Earl Maxwell, CEO, St. David’s Foundation; Jinous Rouhani Lisa Trahan, Mary Scott Nabers, Paula Morelock
Bill Creech, Robin Lieberman
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Renata Marsilli, Ellen Troxclair, Kyle Chandler
Kathlene and David Crist
St. David’s Foundation Scholarship recipient, Juliette Coronado
Ellen and Caleb Troxclair
Jana and Eric Visser
you up…helping others…that’s what this is all about. I feel I’m no better than anyone else, and nobody’s better than me.” With that single remark, Kyle Chandler hit upon the motivation that inspired and guided Neal Kocurek. As Earl Maxwell, CEO of St. David’s Foundation, remarked, “My friend and colleague, Neal Kocurek had a passion for education…because he believed it was the real equalizer, a way to level the playing field for all to succeed.” 350 candidates applied for 53 scholarships this year. These scholarships award each student pursuing studies in a health-related field $7500 a year for up to eight years. Perhaps the most emotionally moving part of the evening addresses came when Juliette Coronado, a scholarship recipient studying nutrition and an intern at the St. David’s Foundation, spoke to guests about her experience. A brilliant student, she saw her dreams of going to college evaporate as her family came face to face with unexpected, debilitating financial challenges. Her scholarship made a college education and a future career in health care a reality. Patty Chandler, Kathlene & Dave Crist, Jane & Michael Driscoll, Tobie Funte Flannery & Bill Flannery, Susan & Clint Hackney, Christina Hester, Chandra & Chris Hosek, Renata Marsilli & Jeff Ashpitz, Laurée & Jim Bob Moffett, Leslie & Kevin Robnett, Mari & Grant Ruckel and Ellen & Caleb Troxclair were the hosts of this party.
Cathie Parssinen, Kyle Chandler
Clint and Susan Hackney, Ray and Jennene Mashburn
Kyle Chandler, Juliette Coronado
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Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay STORY BY CATHIE PARSSINEN | PHOTOS BY JAMES BRUCE PHOTOGRAPHY, ALYSON LANDRY AND JOE PURVIS
ORE THAN 1,000 Horseshoe Bay Resort Club Members and overnight resorts guests celebrated the 2nd annual Balloons over Horseshoe Bay Resort hot air balloon festival over Easter Weekend, April 18–20. Twenty hot air balloons converged at the Resort’s jet center and successfully ascended over the Hill Country during the weekend to the delight of festival goers from across Texas. Skydivers, helicopter rides, historic aircraft, an antique car show, Hill Country wine tastings and a concert by Reckless Kelly highlighted a picture perfect weekend at Horseshoe Bay Resort.
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Members of the Lakeway Associates of the Seton Development Board: Doris Burson and Sally Barto, Jackie Elliott, Jean Hennagin, Billye Lynn Ratliff, Pat Evans, Kim Nearburg, President Barbara Bembry
Sunset Celebration for Seton STORY AND PHOTOS BY CATHIE PARSSINEN
Gala Co-chairs Sally Barto and Doris Burson Ginger Gober, Debbie Campbell, Sue Wilsey, Donna Kumar, Barbara Beebe, Ginny Jellison, Beth Byer, Vannie Williams
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HE LAKEWAYÂ Associates of the Seton Development Board held their annual gala and fundraiser at the home of Marie Aydam. Charley Scarborough, Executive Director, The Seton Fund and Vice-President for the Seton Family of Hospitals expressed appreciation for the long-term financial support the Lakeway Associates have provided for special projects at Seton Shoal Creek Hospital. The $25,000 netted at this yearâ€™s event will be used to beautify outdoor areas at Shoal Creek. Members of the business community provided generous packages for the live and silent auctions.
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Sanjeev Kumar offers a friendly welcome to Judy and Dennis Wallace!
Wiseguys Abound at Godfather Party STORY BY CATHIE PARSSINEN PHOTOS BY PATTI MELTON-PIESZCHALA
T WAS a mob dream…invitations to “Join the Family” went out to select persons of interest who had undergone intensive screening. Their orders?....Show Up! The Wiseguys who orchestrated the inauguration into “The Family” were the same notorious group who surreptitiously posed as James Bond operatives in 2013. Here’s another invitation you won’t want to refuse….
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The City of Lakeway recently approved a $70,000 contract with the Nashvillebased branding and marketing company, North Star Destination Strategies, to develop an advertising campaign to promote and market the community of Lakeway. As Steve Jones said to Community Impact Newspaper, “Hopefully (the brand) will be something we can be proud of. We’re already proud, but it will Signorina Linda DeOme be packaged up in pretty pictures and nice words that we can present to the tourism industry.” Hey! I should have applied for that gig! Waterways has been doing that for the City of Lakeway for 14 years! Jan Collier, Frances Pearce
Charles Edwards, Linda Kephart
Sharon Rogers asks a few simple questions: “Chi? Che? Dove? Quando?”
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Charlie and Cherie Harris
Marie Drury, Charles Edwards, Richard Drury Susan Bryce, Linda Kephart, Maggie Calvert, Jeanne Ann Klein, Judy Wallace
Nancy Clayton, Ernie Clay
Barbara and Thomas Bembry
Bob and Delores Dolezal Susie and Frank Leggio
Joe and Nancy Bain
Kay and Robert Beasley
Rosie and Alan Babin
Glen Haughton, Dee Ann Burns
Al and Annette Tyson
Winston and Janet Eaddy
Dennis and Leanne DuPay Vickie and Dave Taylor
Mary Lee and Van Reese
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Birder, She Wrote STORY BY AGATHA “ALAN” KEHRSTI | PHOTOS BY ALAN KEHR
ORT ARANSAS is a tourist town. The weekend we were there happened to coincide
with the Whooping Crane Festival. At first, that seemed to be a happy coincidence, since I planned to photograph birds. Naturally, all of the classes were sold out and the good news was that the hotels had a fifty percent markup to address the occasion. So much for the festival. There was a good side to it. Because many were attending the conference, every bird site had helpful people full of knowledge and suggestions. Before we go farther, I must explain my skills as a birder. I can recognize a bald eagle and a sparrow. There are a few other birds that I can sometimes identify like robins, ducks, and flamingoes—at least the ones with rusted legs on lawns. The lack of knowledge works well to maintain simplicity. In general, if it’s smaller than an eagle, it’s a sparrow. It avoids a lot of the confusion with the 900 or so species in North America. It also puts one in an awkward position—and in awe—when meeting a large number of friendly and helpful birders. Shortly after dawn on our first day at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, I was mesmerized by the number of ducks in the water. A young lady of ten or so walked by and held out a notebook. “Look at all the birds I’ve already seen,” she said. Her eyes were round with excitement. “Here,” she pointed at the book. “I’ve seen a Rose Colored Forked Tongue and a Whistling gutter snipe.” I’m not making this up. Well, actually I am, but that’s what it sounded like. Later, I figured out that she mentioned a Roseate Spoonbill and a Wilson’s Snipe. Learning the names of birds is a challenge for the unknowing. The roseate spoonbill makes some sense—it does have a rose color and the bill has a resemblance to a spoon. Wilson’s snipe, however, doesn’t provide much help in associating the name with the appearance.
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“There is one bird I really wanted to see, an American Bittern. Have you seen one today?” she asked. Not wanting to admit to significant stupidity and figuring that there were a lot of birds surrounding us—all of them smaller than an eagle—there was a good chance that an American Bittern was included, so I nodded. Her eyes lit up. “Where?” she asked. “Where?” I started to point behind me, but her eager look was enough to drive me past the fear of being ignorant. I admitted that I didn’t know what a Bittern looked like. She turned and walked away. Some days, I get that. A lot. For the adult birders, it usually took between six and twelve nanoseconds for them to figure out my level of incompetence, so they were very kind and helpful. One guy aimed his scope on a hawk and let both Lori and I look through it. He told us where the Wilson’s snipe was lurking in the underbrush. Apparently, they camouflage well and are difficult to spot. “You may want to hurry over there before he spooks.” We did and it was very well camouflaged and difficult to spot. Luckily, there were several people peering into the underbrush and we were able to use their lenses to triangulate its location—a valuable lesson in location skills for the nascent birder. Others took the time to point out the various birds and identify them for
us. One guy pointed out a bird and said, “That’s a Coot. Or for common folks, it’s a Mud Hen. Or for the sophisticated it’s a Fulica Americana.” For me, it was a bird, not an Eagle and not a Sparrow. Probably a duck. Kindly, he pointed out, “It’s not a duck; it’s a completely different species. Note that it doesn’t have webbed feet.” Since it was the Whooping Crane Festival, one lady told us how to find a pair. She gave us very clear instructions. “Cross the bridge that’s under construction and turn right at the gas station. Drive until you reach water and follow the road as it turns left. Stop when you see cars clustered on the road— that’s where they’ll be.” Trustingly simple, we followed her instructions. After crossing the ferry and driving for an hour, we came across a bridge under construction. We made the turn and discovered many swerves in the road and other roads slanting off. After twenty minutes of guessing which road was intended, we came to the water and followed it left until we found a couple of cars parked with lenses poking out the windows. Possibly, good directions. Using our newly-learned lens-triangulation technique, we found a couple of distant white spots that were, indeed, the whooping cranes. Or whoopers as we birders call them.
The Vista Ballroom at the Lakeway Resort and Spa provided the magical setting for “Once Upon A Time”
“Once Upon a Time!” STORY BY JANE BENASUTTI | PHOTOS BY PATTI MELTON-PIESZCHALA
NCE UPON a time, in the spring of the year 2014, there was a magical celebration held in a beautiful glass palace on the banks of a (sometimes) beautiful lake in the Kingdom of Lakeway. This fȇte was attended by members, spouses, and guests of a wonderful society called the Women’s Club of Greater Lakeway. Music filled the air, as handsome gentlemen and ladies ate, visited, and danced the night away. The twin princesses who choreographed this festivit—Donna, from the House of Kumar and Barbara, from the House of Bembry—are to be congratulated for their creativity, their organizational skills, and their hard work. They were assisted by their handmaidens and other willing subjects, who toiled unceasingly through the day to decorate the palace. As the clock struck 10:30, all of the subjects climbed into their chariots and drove away to live happily ever after. Event Co-chair Barbara Bembrey, WCGL President Jane Benasutti, Event Co-chair Donna Kumar
Sanjeev and Donna Kumar
Jodi and Bob Berry
Wilson and Pat Smith
Jane and Joe Benasutti
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Jonathan Albaco, Courtney Kumar
Dottie Stevenson, John Stevenson
Paula and Alan Tye
Dancing to The Fabs! Lakeway Mayor David DeOme, Linda DeOme
Jacquelyn Foreman, Glenda Engert, Lana Brown
Brooke and Michael Toeller
Annette and Phil Brown
Jimmy and Joann Anderson Lori and Keith Peterson
Steve and Linda Swan
Martha Kubala, Ernie Clay, Mary Ann Cohen, Joann Anderson Donna Kumar, Pat Smith, Paula Tye, Lana Brown, Cindy Kotrady
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Judy Walker, June Stalzer, Donna Overly, Mike Hahn (You Make Me Feel So Young)
Karen Knaus, Jeff Alt (Lullaby in Ragtime)
Joann Anderson, Sing Along Chairman (She’s Got You)
Made in America!
Judie Brecht, Diana Hall, Martha Kubala, Rosemary Galloway, Delores Dolezal, Jody Berry, Theresa Edgington (Aquarius and Let the Sunshine In)
STORY BY CATHIE PARSSINEN PHOTOS BY PATTI MELTON-PIESZCHALA
I Glenda Engert, Joe Egan (Shine on Harvest Moon), John and Sylvia Brazell (Bicycle Built for Two), Pat Smith, Perry Smith (Alexander’s Rag Time Band)
F ONLY I could carry a tune or hold a note or keep a beat, I would join the Sing Alongs! The fun they have putting together their semiannual performances seriously needs to be investigated…since it must certainly involve something illegal! This year’s July Donohue show, Made in America, presented a compendium (And All That Jazz) of the diverse heritage that provides a musical backstory to an American chronology. These are the songs that movingly remind us of who we are and where we came from. Max Engert, Susan Sullivan, Dick Cohen, Tom Sullivan, John Madden, Jim Sommer, Gary Evensen, Mary Ann Funk (Music of the People)
Barbara Helmueller, Jackie Williamson, Carol Roettinger, Diana Angelo (Sweet Adeline)
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Mary Ann Cohen, Dottie Stevenson, Linda Swan (Rock Around the Clock)
Bill Walker (Rap)
Show Me the Way!
Harley Hamm, Pat Mulligan
BENEFIT FOR LA SENDA Missionary Steve English, founder of La Senda, Event Co-chair Susan Douglass, Bee Creek United Methodist Church
STORY BY CATHIE PARSSINEN PICTURES BY PATTI MELTON-PIESZCHALA
HE BEE Creek United Methodist Church Outreach has indeed reached out!... as far away as Sumpango, Sacateqequez, Guatemala where they have undertaken a commitment to offer support to a Christian home and school for abused and abandoned children. Missionaries Steve and Pam English founded The World Our Parish, Inc. in 1998 to establish a mission in Guatemala, and today that mission is called “La Senda,” or The Way, and it ministers to the children who now receive shelter and schooling under its auspices. Since the school opened to the public in 2004, attendance has grown from 26 to more than 160 students. Chair Susan Douglass and Co-chairs Caroline Miller and Sherry Johnson worked tirelessly with other volunteers to present this fun evening to support a great cause.
Monte Warren, Tony Talbott, Donna Warren
Lana and Carl Horne, Betty and Gerry Neely
“They Believe!” Sangrid Pancoast, Cheryl Read, Leah Manning, Beth Wilson Sandra Bigby, Debby Jenson, Alida Tucker Co-Chairs Susan Douglass and Caroline Miller
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Adrian Lee of Bad Boys of Dance
Maggie Small, Richmond Ballet
Dance Institute Doesn’t Miss a Beat STORY BY LINDA HOLLAND PHOTOS PROVIDED BY DANCE INSTITUTE
UMMER DANCE at Dance Institute! It’s an exciting time that you won’t want to miss! All summer programs begin June 9th with the culmination of the 2013–2014 School Year. “Summer is the best time to train. Without all of the pressure of school, dancers are able to focus completely on their dance classes and can progress as much in three months as they do during an entire school year” states DI owner Linda Holland. Special guests are abundant this summer and include Broadway’s hottest choreographer, Tony Award-Winning Andy Blankenbuehler, Shaping Sound’s Channing Cooke and Bad Boys of Dance DJ Smart and Adrian Lee. Richmond Ballet’s Maggie Small and Thomas Garrett, as well as Manhattan Marymount College’ Anthony Ferro and Lynne Grossman of Mount Claire State University will join the amazing lineup of special guests featured in Director’s Cut Ballet Intensive and The Works Dance Intensive. New this summer are Dance Institute’s Kamps 4 Kids. Kamps 4 Kids are creative, fun camps for children ages 3–6 years old where the emphasis encourages children to use curiosity, imagination & creativity. Every Fire starts with a SPARK! “Be a SPARK and ignite your Dance Fire!” Sparks Camp 1 and 2 are designed for the young dancer that is interested in or curious about the Competitive Dance
Andy Blankenbuehler, Broadway’s hottest choreographer
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World and will focus on Jazz, Lyrical, Tap and Hip Hop. Love Dancing with the Stars? Then this is the camp for you. Learn the great Ballroom and Latin moves of Waltz, Tango and Cha Cha. Break the Floor is for Hip Hop lovers and guaranteed to get your groove on. Be sure to SAVE THE DATE! AUDITIONS for DI’s National Champion Performance Academy and Street Heat Hip Hop Crew are June 28. Register now for summer 2014….join us and “DANCE WITH PASSION”.
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